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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

08/04/2022

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   In the sermon on the mount, we see this radical idea of biblical humility.   How do we know if we’re humble?  

   1. Someone poor in spirit loses their self-preoccupation.  Like Paul said: ‘for me, to live is Christ, to die is gain.’  We become lost in the wonder of Christ, not in ourselves.   You could just ask a friend: ‘am I humble?’  and when they get done laughing, they’ll probably let you know that you still have a long way to go. 

   2. We won’t complain about our

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

07/21/2022

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  In Jesus’ sermon on the mount, Matt. 5-7,  we have the greatest, most revolutionary message ever given!  It is completely counter-cultural. It teaches values that are completely at odds with the way our world acts.  If followed, it would completely shatter our political correctness. It teaches ethics that goes light years beyond the wokeness of our day.  It encourages us not to live by lies. It encourages us to not let your life just be a performance but for it to be re

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

07/07/2022

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       One Sunday, as they drove home from church, little Susie turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, there’s something the preacher said this morning that I don’t understand.” “What’s that, honey?” “Well, he said that God is bigger than we are.   He said that God’s so big that He could hold the whole world in his hand.  Is that true?”

The mother replied, “Yes, honey, that’s true.”    “But mommy, he also said that God comes to live inside us when we trust Jesus to be our L

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

06/16/2022

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    Learn to observe.    Simple enough.   It’s like what Sherlock Holmes used to say: ‘Many see, few observe.’   Just seeing is passive, but observing, like Sherlock Holmes used to do, is more active.   In Mark 6, it says Jesus was about to pass them by but when the disciples saw Him, they didn’t recognize Him and thought He was a ghost, and they were terrified.  

   Learn to observe.  Sometimes God does some unique work and we don’t even see it.  Or God blesses us in some

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

06/02/2022

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 A man was working in his backyard one day, when his neighbor began talking to him over the fence.  He said, "Yeah, my wife and I went to one of those seminars yesterday, you know, where they teach you ways to improve your memory and such."   His neighbor commented, "Really. What was the name of the speaker?"     The man answered, "Ah, ah, what's the name of that flower that smells so good and has thorns?" "You mean a rose?"     "Yeah, that's it." He called over his should

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

05/18/2022

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   Here’s a good exercise for all of us to do: what would you say is the overall message of the Bible in one sentence?  Perhaps try to do that this week, come up in one sentence what is the main message of the Bible.

    Our literature as a people, down through the centuries, reveal that we love a good dragon slaying story.  Why is that?  It’s been said that we love these kinds of stories because they echo the greatest story, the grand story of the Bible, which is a true st

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

05/05/2022

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   I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day, honoring your mom or her memory. Motherhood is God's idea and it's a great idea!

   One biblical snapshot of a godly mother is Naomi, described in the book of Ruth. In this beautiful love story, Naomi expresses her trust and belief in the one, true God, even though she was living in a land that worshipped many idols.  Living in that land, she did not let herself be drawn away, she remained strong in character and she stayed t

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

04/21/2022

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  Not many people expected Jesus to show up that Sunday morning.  What a surprise that was!  What a shock it caused!  Everyone was surprised at how things were turning out.  

    The soldiers didn’t have an answer.  The Pharisees were caught trying to come up with a back-up plan that consisted of a huge lie.  The other religious leaders who thought they had killed and buried the One who had challenged their way of life were shocked when Sunday morning rolled around and the

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

04/07/2022

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   Two hunters got a pilot to fly them into the far north for elk hunting. They were quite successful in their venture and bagged six big bucks. The pilot came back, as arranged, to pick them up.  They started loading their gear into the plane, including the six elk. But the pilot objected and he said, "The plane can only take four of your elk; you will have to leave two behind." They argued with him; the year before they had shot six and the pilot then had allowed th

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

03/16/2022

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  Good relationships are marked by joyful and thankful communication, where two people’s communication is marked by joy and gratitude.  This can only happen if the Lord helps us.

    One of the top causes of marital difficulties is a lack of communication or too much negative communication.   With our day of radio, TV, Internet, movies, podcasts, twitter, etc.; communication is one of the first things to go in a relationship. You see couples out for a date and they spend th

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

03/03/2022

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   Since we just had Valentine's day recently and our relationships are always so important, I came across these and thought you might like them!       

       THE VALENTINE’S DAY TEN COMMANDMENTS I.   I am thy Main Sweetheart; thou shalt have no other sweethearts before me. II. Thou shalt not take the name of thy sweetheart in vain, nor badmouth him/her behind his/her back. III. Remember our Anniversary, and keep it holy--or else. IV. Honor MY mother and fathe

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

02/17/2022

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  A pastor tells of a couple who were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary, 50 years. The husband was asked the secret to their successful marriage.  He recounted that his wife Sarah, was the only girl he ever dated. He had grown up in an orphanage--never witnessing how a husband was to love a wife, or any healthy family relationships.   He had to work hard for everything he had.  

     He never had time to date until Sarah swept him off his feet.   He was hesitan

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

02/03/2022

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    Do you think of death as a calling?  The Bible says: Eccl. 3:1-2a: “to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die.”  Do you believe that?  Or do you believe God makes mistakes?   God also says in Heb. 9:27: “And it is appointed for men to die once, but after this comes the judgment.”  

   Notice how the Bible speaks of death as an appointment, as a purpose.  Death is a divine appointment. It is part of Go

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

01/20/2022

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    In God’s calling of Jeremiah, we can learn a number of things.  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”  Jere. 1:5    One we see is that God is the Lord of life.  Jeremiah had biological parents, of course, but God is the One who fashioned and formed him.  The Lord of life uses the natural processes that He dreamed up and that He created to make new humans.  

    This means you a

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

01/06/2022

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   I want to encourage you to make a great start in this New Year.  2022!  It’s hard to believe it’s here.   Many are still worn out from the holidays, yet it’s time to look ahead, to press on; I want to urge you to be the one to set the pace in this New Year.   Why shouldn’t it be you?

    One area you can choose to set the pace is in praise!    Ps. 103:1,2,  Ps. 104:1  It is entirely fitting for God’s people to be characterized by praise.  “Rejoice in the Lord always” Phi

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